Jumping exercises, or plyometrics, are proven to enhance running economy. Running is a form of jumping, after all. Plyometrics exercises simply isolate and intensify the jumping element in running. The single-leg jump couldn’t be simpler, or more effective for runners.
Stand on your right foot with your left leg slightly bent. Squat slightly and then jump as high as you can off your right foot, landing on your right foot only. Jump as high as you can 20 times, then rest for 30 seconds and jump 20 times on the left foot.
About The Author:
Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books, including Racing Weight: How To Get Lean For Peak Performance (VeloPress, 2012). He is also a Training Intelligence Specialist for PEAR Sports. To learn more about Matt visit www.mattfitzgerald.org.